A fourth undercover officer who spied on political activists is alleged to have fathered a child with a woman he met while using a false identity, a public investigation has heard.
The officer used the alias Alan Bond while infiltrating the Socialist Workers Party between 1981 and 1986.
The allegation is being examined by a public inquiry led by a judge That is scrutinizing the activities of undercover officers who have spied on more than 1,000 political groups since 1968.
It had previously been revealed that three undercover officers who spied on left-wing activists between the 1970s and 1990s had children with activists they met during their deployments.
Separately, the investigation heard Wednesday that Jim Pickford, who infiltrated anarchist groups in the 1970s, met a woman during his deployment and had a child with her.
Thursday, Phillippa Kaufmann, a QC representing women who have been tricked into having sex, said Bond admitted to having had “a fleeting sexual encounter in his cover name with a woman who was not a member of his target group.”
He said that, based on the questions raised by the investigation, “it seems that [Bond] he may have fathered a child with someone he met during his deployment. ” No further details were given.
She said: “We have belatedly learned from the investigation that Bond will not give evidence now due to a deterioration in his health.”
He said that for three years in the 1990s, Bond was promoted to a high-level position in the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), an undercover unit that oversaw political groups for four decades. He was in charge of several undercover agents who had sex with women without revealing his true identity.
Kaufmann said it was clear that the practice of undercover officers tricking women into relationships was “endemic.” Proved “Long-standing and systemic sexism through [SDS] that allowed the officers and their superiors to think that it was acceptable to engage in such abusive practices. “
A key issue facing the investigation, spearheaded by Sir John Mitting, is how at least 20 undercover officers had sex with women between the mid-1970s and 2010s.
On Wednesday, the investigation heard for the first time evidence from one of the cheated women. The woman, known only as Madeleine, said the officer, Vince Miller, probably saw her as “easy prey” at the time of their relationship, as she was “very vulnerable having recently separated from my first husband, who had become extremely abusive. ” She said their relationship lasted for a couple of months in 1979 before he disappeared.
She said that his account that he only had a “one-night stand” with her while infiltrating the SWP between 1976 and 1979 was false, and that there was also deliberately misrepresented how the relationship started.
She said she only found out that he had been an undercover officer when she received an unexpected visit to her home from a member of the investigation last year.
“The initial revelation of the true identity of a man with whom I had enjoyed an intimate sexual relationship and shared thoughts and feelings of a deeply private nature left me nauseated and disgusted. I felt degraded and abused and I continue to feel a real sense of violation, ”she said.
“A very different image of Vince is emerging in my mind than the one I remember: an increasingly cold, calculating and sexist version of a man is being revealed, very different from the man I knew or thought I knew. I find that extremely disturbing.
“I had always thought of Vince fondly. My memory of him was that of a charming, attractive but emotionally vulnerable boy who, due to his experience of anguish and fear of being hurt, found it difficult to maintain close relationships with women.
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